Summer Poems

roses in the sun
some ending
some beginning
and some in full bloom
good to grow older

wildflowers grow
by fields of corn
words of poetry
uplift my soul
keep me strong

hosta
blue chicory
Queen Anne’s lace
and daylilies
July in Wisconsin

Ellen Grace Olinger

old roses

old roses
now in bloom
a few petals fall
from the blue vase
caught by a poem

Published in SMILE, 2011.

Ellen Grace Olinger

sometimes

sometimes
many years
needed to write
a poem
in a few minutes

I may think about something for a long time, write a few notes, and then a poem seems to write itself. Reading many authors also is a great help, and practice. Always learning.

Ellen Grace Olinger

gardens growing

gardens growing
long before we came here
how deep the roots
must be and decades old
planted in God’s earth

more colors of blue
in Lake Michigan today
than I can name
the wonder of always learning
dreaming new dreams

Ellen Grace Olinger

More Blessings

more blessings
to bestow
orange tulip petals
in a bowl of water
by the window

clouds and yet
enough light
to fill a jam jar
with the last
of the carnations

Ellen Grace Olinger